INDIAN FOOTBALL : I-LEAGUE 2014-15 REPORT
I-LEAGUE 2014-15 : Sporting Goa drew 1-1 with Dempo SC
04.04.2015 : SPORTING GOA -- 2-2
SCG : Lalit, Amna, Odafa, Jovel, Victorino, Pratesh, Velito, Clemente, Cajetan, Jhingan, Garcia
DEM : Kattimani, Debabrata, Rowilson, Calum, Alwyn, Amiri, Jewel, Lenny, Joy, Francis, Sushil
In the Goan Derby which lived up to expectation, Sporting Clube de Goa was held to a 2-2 draw by Dempo Sports Club in the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Saturday. The match was tied 1-1 at the lemon break.
Sporting Goa handed Victorino Fernandes the captain's armband as Anthony Wolfe did not start the game, after not fully recovering from a shoulder injury. Victorino led by example with a brave header to equalize. The Flaming Oranje thought they had done enough when Odafa Okoli netted his first goal for his new club, but there was still a twist in the tale.
Afghanistan captain Haroon Amiri marked his return from international duty with a splendid brace. Amiri gave Dempo the lead in the first half and later earned his side a point after equalizing at the death. Dempo's Amiri was given his opening goal on a platter, when the Sporting Goa custodian Lalit Thapa spilled the ball from a Jewell Rajacorner kick, which allowed Amiri to pounce and fire in the opener.
Sporting Goa created good chances and the question on everybody's mind was when would they finally take advantage and convert. Sporting Goa's Odafa Okoli's had an instinctive header saved and moments later Odafa slipped the ball through for Victorino but he could not find an opening. Syrian International Mahmoud Al Amna also came close when he hit the side netting.
Sporting Goa could not have scripted it better when Mahmoud chased a loose ball down the right side and spun it in for Victorino to head it into the back of the net and equalize deep into injury time of the first half. Twenty minutes into the second session as Dempo resorted to aggression to keep Odafa at bay he still managed to carve out an opportunity.
Hero of the Match Cajetan Fernandes floated in a neat corner kick with Odafa rising highest to thump home with his head. Just as Sporting Goa was on the verge of registering their first victory of the season, Dempos' Haroon Amiri popped up to head over the Sporting Goa goalkeeper Lalit Thapa and level things up in the 89th.
FULL TIME Late equaliser of Amiri hold Sporting Goa.
89':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Amiri again scored the equaliser.
87':Lenny's long ranger, went over the bar
84':Odafa chipped the ball, but it is over the bar
83':Cajetan's long ranger, off target
82':Odafa's shot, good block by Debabrata.
78':Pratesh's brilliant shot from Wolfe's first touch, good save by Kuttimani
77':Players Change in SCG: Wolfe in place of Mahmood Amma
76':Players Change in Dempo: Gabriel in place of Alwyn
67':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Cajetan's corner kick, Odafa's fine header advances Sporting Goa
61':Players Chnage in Dempo: Holicharan in place of Sushil
46':Second half resumed
HALF TIME Score now 1-1 after the end of first half
45':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLVictorino scored for Sporting Goa
36':Yellow Card to Debabrata Roy for his bad tackle
32':Odafa's free kick, good save by Kattimani
25':Good run by Mahmood, but his shot went wide. Side netting
23':GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Amiri scored from 3rd corner of Dempo. Jewel's corner, Amiri's header finds the net
20':Brilliant chance to Victorino, but he fails to make a good shot, easy to keeper Kattimani
18':Another corner to Dempo, but Calum concede another foul.
15':Long ranger of Velito, straight to keeper Kattimani
04.04.2015 : SPORTING GOA -- 2-2-- DEMPO SC (FT)